The anticipation around Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was based largely around the fan community’s excitement over the return of the Harry Potter universe. However, having introduced a new group of heroes, the anticipation for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequels is based largely around the fans’ excitement to see the continuing adventures of Newt Scamander and company. Now, star Zoe Kravitz confirmed to Collider that her character, Leta Lestrange, will return in the upcoming sequels with a larger role and previewed a complex relationship between Newt and Leta.
Kravitz expressed her enthusiasm over the fact that her character will have more to do in the sequels.
“Yeah, it’s very exciting! Yeah, it wasn’t much, in the first one.”
Kravitz revealed she will begin filming the sequel this summer and discussed why she agreed to sign on to the project.
“No, that starts in June or July, I think. It’s sometime in the summer. I’m very excited. The one day I was on set for that, and also for my audition process, being able to work with Eddie [Redmayne] and David [Yates] was incredible. The script was very under wraps, so even signing onto it, I hadn’t read the script. I just went off of who was involved, and J.K. Rowling and the Harry Potter films, so I knew it was going to be incredible, especially with how involved J.K. is. And then, I got to see the film, after I was already signed on, and it exceeded my expectations. That was a really interesting experience, to sit back and watch a movie that you loved, and then get to walk out and say, ‘I get to be in that!’ It’s a very cool thing.”
Kravitz explained that Leta will appear in multiple films that will examine her relationship with Newt.
“I think there’s a few ahead. The relationship between Leta and Newt Scamander is a complex relationship, so I think there will be a lot of time for that to grow and develop, which will be fun.”
Kravitz could not reveal any further details, sharing her experience with the level of secrecy on the first film, even during her audition process.
“I know nothing! I have an idea, based off of when I auditioned, but I know nothing. Even when I went to go do my chemistry read with Eddie, he was trying to help me piece together what was happening in the scene that we were reading. He doesn’t get to see anything either, so he was like, ‘I think based off of this line and this line, and what we shot here and here, this is what’s going on.’ We had to guess. It was funny to watch him, trying to piece it all together.”
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The first of four Fantastic Beasts sequels is scheduled to be released in theaters on November 16, 2018.